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Sonoma County judge to retire and become arbitrator, mediator

May 13, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Judge Robert S. Boyd chaired the council's Alternative Dispute Committee and served on other committees, including budget, civil law and the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. He received the Alternative Dispute Resolution Judge of the Year award from the Sonoma County Bar Association in 1999.

Supreme Court’s conservatives overturn precedent as liberals ask ‘which cases the court will overrule next’

May 13, 2019 | Washington Post
The issue in Monday’s 5 to 4 ruling was one of limited impact: whether states have sovereign immunity from private lawsuits in the courts of other states. In 1979, the Supreme Court ruled that there is no constitutional right to such immunity, although states are free to extend it to one another and often do.

Newsom budget would add 25 judges across the state

May 10, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The budget would add $30.4 million in general funds for the upcoming fiscal year and $36.5 million annually through 2024 to bump up the superior court roster statewide, according to the revision. The judges will be allocated to the necessary counties following a needs assessment by the Judicial Council set for later this summer.
PV High class honored with civic engagement award

PV High class honored with civic engagement award

May 10, 2019 | Chico Enterprise-Record
“We’re just so proud of Pleasant Valley’s involvement in the area of civic learning,” said Judge Tamara L. Mosbarger, presiding judge of Butte County’s Superior Court. “We want our children to be involved and understand their civic responsibilities.”

Newsom Increases Court Funding to Address Judge Shortage

May 09, 2019 | Courthouse News Service
In unveiling his revised budget, Newsom said Cantil-Sakauye has “been rightfully frustrated that we have provided for judges but we haven’t funded the judges. And finally we’re in a position to fund at least 25 judges.”

Retired Judges Bring Claims of Age Discrimination Based on Changes to Assigned Judges Program

May 09, 2019 | The Recorder
Retired Orange County Superior Court Judges Glenn Mahler and James Poole and retired Alameda County Superior Judge Julie Conger filed suit Thursday, claiming that a new 1,320-day cap on service in the program disadvantages older judges who must apply for exceptions to the new lifetime limit. All three of the plaintiffs have already served more than 1,500 days in the program, according to the complaint.

Newsom should reverse California's death penalty moratorium, prosecutors say

May 09, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
“With the stroke of a pen, the governor made a blanket decision to violate the constitutional rights of crime victims, as expressed in Marsy’s Law,” Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer said. “He did it because he’s a chicken. If he had followed the process under clemency review, he would have met with each of the victims’ families and heard them, as well as defense attorneys, before making a decision” on granting clemency to a condemned inmate.

State high court considers case that may affect many class actions

May 09, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The matter presented an unsettled procedural question as to how precisely a putative class representative must identify his potential fellow plaintiffs, and the method by which they could effectively be noticed of the action, before a class can be certified under California law.
Why the Golden State Killer May Keep California’s Death Penalty Alive

Why the Golden State Killer May Keep California’s Death Penalty Alive

May 09, 2019 | New York Times
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, issued a moratorium in March on executions in the state, which has more death row inmates than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. But that decision has not stopped local prosecutors from seeking new death sentences, underscoring the divide in the state between conservative prosecutors and liberal reformers like the governor.

Motion filed to unseal governor’s clemency request

May 08, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) "The gist of this motion is the court should require the governor to make public the same kinds of clemency supporting material he did in the Wright petition," Burke said. "The fact that Gov. Newsom, in his first request, has sealed even more than Gov. Brown after that order is disturbing."

Greenfield pledges $10M for South County courthouse

May 08, 2019 | King City Rustler
The $10 million commitment would come from the anticipated increase in general fund revenue through sales, property and transient occupancy taxes related to ongoing developments in the city, such as the Walnut Avenue Specific Plan and the Yanks Air Museum, as well as the cannabis industry.

The denial of a modification request is not a “data point”

May 07, 2019 | At the Lectern
The Supreme Court’s denial of the amici’s modification request was not necessarily — or likely — on the merits. It could have been — and probably was — for other reasons; say, because the retroactivity issue was raised only by an amicus and/or wasn’t raised until the rehearing petition stage.

Chief Justice Visits Monterey Superior Court

May 07, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Judicial Council Administrative Director Martin Hoshino met with court leadership and staff from the Monterey Superior Court last week to learn how the court is implementing “Access 3D”-- physical access, remote access, and equal access for all court users.
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